The preliminary round of the 2013 Beat the Streets/PSAL Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament took place on Tuesday, November 26th. This was the first step in sifting through the 16 competing teams to create the pairings for the placing round taking place during the Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 1st.
It was a weekend of good wrestling and great sportsmanship as Head Boys Coach MarcAntoni Macias took the Junior Developmental Team to compete at the Pocono Rumble in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 23rd.
The tournament—which was the first trip made by the new team—followed a round-robin style based on each wrestler’s weight class, age, and level of experience. Forty Beat the Streets wrestlers competed, ranging in age from 9 years to 14. The group was comprised of seven girls and 33 boys.
"The team was created to give New York City's kids the same access to off-season tournaments that their suburban counterparts have," noted Ken Bigley, Director of Program Development, on the role of the new Junior Developmental Team in the lives of Beat the Streets participants.
A group of Beat the Streets student-athletes expanded their knowledge on and off the mat last Sunday as they traveled to Rocky Hill, Connecticut for an afternoon of practice and scrimmaging with wrestlers from two other programs in the Northeast. Head Coach MarcAntoni “MA” Macias, who accompanied the group, saw the trip as “a chance for our kids to get a feel for out-of-state competition, learning how to adapt to the different styles of wrestling that opponents from different backgrounds might bring”.
US National Team member Katherine Fulp-Allen will be leading a clinic at the Beat the Streets Manhattan Training Center on Saturday, November 9th from 10:30am - 12:30pm.
Katherine made the US national women’s wrestling team the past two years after placing third in the US Olympic Team Trials in 2012 and 3rd at the World Team Trials in 2013. She was a 2008 University World Champion after winning the US University Nationals. She has been a resident of the US Olympic Training Center since 2011 and is currently training for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Results are in for the Junior League City Championships, held Saturday at Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn. Turnout was high with 265 wrestlers overall, and two weight classes in the boys division bringing in 23 participants each. David Berkovich of Elite Wrestling Academy won by fall against Ryan Brady (Monsignor Farrell) at 91 lbs., while Amir Johnson of Petrides defeated Matt Velez (Phillis Wheatly) 3-0 to win the 120 lb. weight class.
The Junior League City Championships were held Saturday at Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn, including the first-ever girls division where over 40 middle school-aged girls competed. [Update!] The photo at right shows the girls champions. See below for more pictures of the event, courtesy of BTS Executive Director Jim Fallis!
Meanwhile, several Beat the Streets alumni who are now wrestling in college convened for a photo at the Golden Eagle Invitational Tournament Saturday at the Special Events Recreation Center at SUNY-Brockport.
Xavier Thomas (Brockport/Eagle '12), Cedric Stephens (Niagara CC/Wingate '13), Jonathan Alicea (Brockport/MLK '13), and Quasar Hampton (Alfred State/South Bronx '13) got together and grabbed the photo. Also in attendance at the tournament, but not in the photo was Barry Hart (Niagara CC/Wingate '12).
Stephens won the title at 184 pounds.
Results for both events available here.